Month-long custody remanded to Zoran Djokic

Ljubomir Pantović, FOTO: Radio Kontakt plus, Dejan Simićević

The Basic Court in Pec remanded Zoran Djokic from Pec in custody for up to 30 days on suspicion that he committed war crimes during the Kosovo conflict in 1999.

Kosovo police arrested Djokic during the weekend at the Jarinje administrative crossing, after which he was escorted to Pec under armed escort.

Djokic’s lawyer Ljubomir Pantovic said that his client denied all allegations of the indictment during the hearing.

„He lived in Kosovska Mitrovica until 2015, where he worked in several non-governmental organizations, but also for the Government of Kosovo. I do not have much information about the case, I did not have access to the files since the investigation had just begun. I do not know where he will be detained because it is determined by Kosovo Prison Service,“ Pantovic stated.

This is not the first time a person of Serbian nationality was arrested at the border crossings due to suspicion of committing alleged war crimes.

At the beginning of May 2018, Dejan Slavic (’74), who lived in Obilic until 2003, was also arrested at this crossing. The news was confirmed by the Kosovo Office. At the end of 2017. T.D. (1973) was arrested at the Brnjak border crossing. T.M. was also previously arrested on charges of war crimes and assigned house arrest. Another elderly Serb, Bogdan Mitrovic was arrested in late August 2017 in Suva Reka, when he stayed in nearby Musutiste with a group of returnees, where he lived until ’99. He spent more than four months in detention.

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